by Tara Tiger Brown

April 1, 2020

Documenting Global COVID-19 Testing

Our friends at Safecast, who you may be familiar with if you own a bGeigie nano or one of the air quality sensors, have launched a crowdsourced map to help people document their experiences when seeking COVID-19 testing. 

Crowdsourced Stories

In many places around the world, official COVID-19 testing information is ambiguous and incomplete, and people are dependent on single sources of official information which may be neither relevant nor trustworthy. Due to the failure of test kits to arrive where needed, delivery of incomplete test kits, overly complicated approval processes, or favoritism and discrimination, it has become apparent that there is a gap between the availability of testing claimed by some governments and what is actually available.

With the help and input of people around the world, this map will hopefully begin to provide a more accurate picture of the relative difficulty of obtaining testing in various locales. The hope is that by providing an alternative source of credible crowdsourced information, this map will become a useful tool with which to better target resources and hold governments and officials accountable.


Share Your Story

Safecast COVID-19 Map

The purpose of this map is to highlight the disparity between the number of people who are getting tested, the number of people who are unable to get tested despite attempts, and how these numbers compare against official “tested” numbers being published by governments.

Anonymous survey options include:

  • Refused Testing, Asymptomatic
  • Refused Testing, Symptomatic
  • Testing Unavailable
  • Successfully, Tested

The survey options might not apply to every person, this is by design. Safecast is not trying to create a map of people who aren’t feeling well or think they might be sick as there are a number of symptom maps being run by medical professionals who are much better equipped to process that kind of information. 

Learn more about how to use the map.

Invite Others

For this map to most useful, we need as many people as possible to contribute their experiences – if you know someone else who has also been tested or has made attempts to get tested, please send them this map and ask them to consider contributing.

For resources and other information about Safecast’s efforts surrounding COVID-19, please see this page.

About the author 

Tara Tiger Brown

Tara Tiger Brown is a technologist and author exploring the intersection of the environment, education, and wellbeing. As founder and CEO of KitHub, she develops STEAM education programs focused on hands-on learning and environmental monitoring.

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